Author Archives: Gabriela Helfet

VF Live: Charlie Dark’s Have Box Will Travel #5

A tribute to “legendary UK MC and unofficial mayor of Brixton: Ty.”

With quarantines and lockdowns due to the Coronavirus pandemic ongoing around the world, artists are finding new ways to connect with people worldwide.

In VF Live – our favourite collectors take you inside their homes and record shops, for intimate mixes and performances.

Charlie Dark returns for his weekly Wednesday afternoon show – Have Box Will Travel – which sees the Run Dem Crew founder, community leader, activist, poet, DJ and Attica Blues member delving into his mighty collection.

Watch and listen to the set above, find out more about the show and check out the tracklist below.

Hearts are heavy in the studio today as I learned of the passing of legendary UK MC and unofficial mayor of Brixton Ty. Our friendship spans over thirty years – we came up in the music game together and also shared many stages over the years.

This is just a small selection of classic tunes I used to hear whenever I went to rReggae dances at Brixton Town Hall. Thought I’d pull some from the collection to play in his memory. Bless up people.”

Tracklist

1. Rhythm and Sound – We Been Troddin
2. Silford Walker – Jah Golden Pen
3. Greogory Isacs – Beautiful Africa
4. Jackie Mitto – El Bang Bang
5. The Observers – Zorro
6. Prime Minister I Roy – Sure Sounds
7.Junior Soul – Super Love
8.Chosen Few – Do Your Thing
9.U Roy with Bob Marley and the Wailers – Kingston 12 Shuffle
10. Freddie McGregor – Hahovah
11. Upsetters – Black Pants
12.Pablo Gad – Hard Times
13. Rhythm and Sound with Cornell Campbell – King In My Empire
14. Ty Featuring Eska – Sophisticated and Course

Original Resource is The Vinyl Factory https://thevinylfactory.com/live/vf-live-charlie-dark-have-box-will-travel-5/

VF Live: Lefto’s INHOUSE #8

Featuring records from the late Ty, 2000Black, Jeff Mills, Tino Contreras and more.

With quarantines and lockdowns due to the Coronavirus pandemic ongoing around the world, artists are finding new ways to connect with people worldwide.

In VF Live – our favourite collectors take you inside their homes, studios and record shops, for intimate selects and mixes.

Taking us through his immense home collection, Lefto has shared the eighth instalment of his weekly, vinyl-only live series, INHOUSE.

Watch and listen to the set above and find out more about the records Lefto played below:

“This week contains music from the late TY (may he rest in peace), also music from Jeff Mills, Ahmad Jamal, Kutiman, Tino Contreras, Mézigue, 2000Black and many more… ”

Check out past sets here.

Original Resource is The Vinyl Factory https://thevinylfactory.com/live/vf-live-lefto-inhouse-8/

VF Live: MLE

Post-punk, minimal synth and techno gems.

With quarantines and lockdowns due to the Coronavirus pandemic ongoing around the world, artists are finding new ways to connect with people worldwide.

In VF Live – our favourite collectors take you inside their homes, studios and record shops, for intimate selects and mixes.

For MLE’s first VF Live set, the DJ, writer and Rhythm Section affiliate delves into her post-punk and minimal synth favourites, with records from labels including Knekelhuis, Colour Tapes and Stichting Muziek.

Watch the set above. Find out more about the records, and checkout the tracklist below:

Tracklist:

1. Craven Faults – O
2. The Bionaut -Quna
3. Aadm Our Hatley – Sign Spinning School
4. Victrola – Game of Despair
5. Garage Class I got Stanards
6. Occidental Research – Progress Through Research
7. Fellini – Rock Europeu
8. Mystery Pain – When the money runs out
9. GEN – Czas
10. Dr Stein – Golden Magic

Original Resource is The Vinyl Factory https://thevinylfactory.com/live/vf-live-mle/

This week’s VF HQ Spotify playlist (18th May)

A rotating selection of our favourite music.

From new releases to beloved classics and little-known favourites, our Spotify playlist features the tunes we’ve had on loop recently.

This instalment includes tracks by Tony Allen, Buju & Burna Boy, Cinthie and Róisín Murphy.

Selected by VF’s Gabriela Helfet and updated regularly, check out its latest incarnation below, and follow us here.

Original Resource is The Vinyl Factory https://thevinylfactory.com/news/this-weeks-vf-hq-spotify-playlist-18th-may/

VF Live: Sarah Evans #2

Ethiopian psych, Turkish funk, UK boogie and more.

With quarantines and lockdowns due to the Coronavirus pandemic ongoing around the world, artists are finding new ways to connect with people worldwide.

In VF Live, our favourite collectors take you inside their homes and record shops for intimate selects and mixes.

For Sarah Evans’ second set, the radio present and producer traverses from Ethiopian psych to Turkish funk, UK boogie and beyond.

Tracklist:

1. Kingdom of Kaffa – Bonga Chi’fera
2. Altin Gun – Goca Dunya
3. Michael Boothman & Family Tree feat. Andre Tanker – Tabu
4. Gene Chandler – Get Down (7” version)
5. Tyrone Davis – Get On Up (Disco)
6. Stacy Lattisaw – Dynamite
7. Bileo – You Can Win
8. Nzimande Allstars – Highway Sporo Disco
9. Ebony Cuts – Bionic Lover
10. Collocutor – Agama (Contours Remix)

Original Resource is The Vinyl Factory https://thevinylfactory.com/live/vf-live-sarah-evans-2/

VF Live: Joakim

Sound art, hoovers, hip-hop, piano improvisations and beyond.

With quarantines and lockdowns due to the Coronavirus pandemic ongoing around the world, artists are finding new ways to connect with people worldwide.

In VF Live sets our favourite collectors take you inside their homes and record shops, for intimate selects and mixes.

From sound art and IDM to boogaloo and hip-hop, producer and multi-instrumentalist Joakim plays rare records from his Paris studio, accompanying them with improvisational pizzazz including his piano, hoovering and a tambourine.

Watch and listen above, find out more about the set as well as some of the records played below.

“Well, first of all it’s not really a mix, I’m playing records one by one. Besides, I decided to play instruments on top of some records, mainly the piano – the only instrument I actually know how to play. So it’s really a sort of hybrid set.

I picked the records randomly from a pile that are all vinyl I want to rip, more or less rare stuff I want to play out or have on my computer.”

Original Resource is The Vinyl Factory https://thevinylfactory.com/live/vf-live-joakim/

VF Live: Louise Chen

Spanning indie rock new and old, from Smashing Pumpkins and Pinback to TV On The Radio and Beach House.

With quarantines and lockdowns due to the Coronavirus pandemic ongoing around the world, artists are finding new ways to connect with people worldwide.

In – VF Live sets – our favourite collectors take you inside their homes and record shops, for intimate selects and mixes.

DJ Louise Chen takes us through selects from her Paris home.

Watch and listen to the set above, find out more about the set and check out the tracklist below.

“Since the beginning of my isolation I feel like I’ve been regressing back to my teenage self, staying home alone is somewhat reminiscent of being 15, and locked up in my room listening to music.

I find warm comfort in re-exploring all the bands I was listening to back then, so here is a mellow mix of songs ranging from Mogwai and Pinback to some weird bossa re-issue I bought last year – general mood definitely erring on the side of emo.”

Tracklist:

1. Tobias Jesso Jr. – Just A Dream
2. Pinback – Tres
3. TV On The Radio – Ambulance
4. Mogwai – Acid Food
5. Rob Crow – Tranked
6. The Smashing Pumpkins – Annie Dog
7. Broken Social Scene – Major Label Debut
8. Hiroshi & Claudia – Lifted Up to 210 Meters
9. Beach House – D.A.R.L.I.N.G.

Original Resource is The Vinyl Factory https://thevinylfactory.com/live/vf-live-louise-chen/

Khruangbin announce new album, Mordechai

Groove around London in the disco-fuelled video for first single ‘Time (You And I)’.

Texan trio Khruangbin are releasing a new album called Mordechai, this June via Dead Oceans and Night Time Stories.

Drawing on “reference points from Pakistan, Korea, and West Africa, incorporating strains of Indian chanting boxes and Congolese syncopated guitar,” it also “features vocals prominently on nearly every song, a first for the mostly instrumental band,” according to the labels.

Mordechai’s 10-tracks were recorded in the group’s farmhouse studio in Burton, Texas.

The album follows Khruangbin’s Hasta El Cielo LP, as well as their Con Todo El Mundo LP – the latter of which was one of our favourite albums of 2018.

Pre-order a copy here in advance of its 26th June release, check out the cover artwork and tracklist below.

Tracklist:

1. First Class
2. Time (You and I) 05:42
3. Connaissais de Face
4. Father Bird, Mother Bird
5. If There Is No Question
6. Pelota
7. One To Remember
8. Dearest Alfred
9. So We Won’t Forget
10. Shida

Original Resource is The Vinyl Factory https://thevinylfactory.com/news/khruangbin-new-album-mordechai-vinyl/

VF Live: Palo Santos Discos & Coco Maria #1

Sunshine selects from their Amsterdam HQ.

With quarantines and lockdowns due to the Coronavirus pandemic ongoing around the world, artists are finding new ways to connect with people worldwide.

In – VF Live sets – our favourite collectors take you inside their homes and record shops, for intimate selects and mixes.

For Palo Santos Discos & Coco Maria’s first VF Live set, they dip into records from Ghana, Greece, Brazil and beyond.

Watch and listen to their first set above, and find out more about the series below.

“We want see the bright side of this lock down. Searching opportunities and trying not to see the hole of the doughnut. Now we have more time for going through our own records at home, through boxes and clothes, photographs, forgotten memory sticks. Old and new questions emerge, always ending in one: What is essential?

The VF stream is a great outlet to show other people what we do in these times, with or without streaming it, playing records in no particular order.”

Original Resource is The Vinyl Factory https://thevinylfactory.com/live/vf-live-palo-santos-discos-coco-maria-1/

Detroit house and techno pioneer Mike Huckaby has died

A DJ, producer and teacher who left an indelible impact on dance music.

Techno and house maestro Mike Huckaby has died.

A force within Detroit’s scene for decades, Huckaby brought his sounds to Berlin and beyond in the ‘90s, following the release of his debut on Harmonie Park – Deep Transportation Vol. 1, as well as Deep Transportation Vol. 2.

In addition to his own producing and DJ work, Huckaby was also dedicated to teaching sound and recording to others, including via non-profit organisations reaching out to underprivileged youth in the community.

During recent months, friends of Huckaby had started a crowdfunding campaign helmed by Delano Smith, to help Huckaby with an undisclosed “medical setback”.

“The family of Mike Huckaby would like to thank you for your support, and acknowledges the outpouring of grief from his friends, mentees, collaborators and more. Please hold them in your thoughts in this difficult time. More information will be forthcoming,” shared @AdrielDetroit.

At the time of writing, the cause of Huckaby’s death is unknown.

Original Resource is The Vinyl Factory https://thevinylfactory.com/news/dj-producer-mike-huckaby-has-died/